Celebrate the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.’s 40th Anniversary while helping children and families in the community at the annual For the Love…of Learning benefit on February 20, 2016.
Join this evening of celebration and cause with festivities that include entertainment from The Sofa Kings, a world-class silent auction, and food catered by Terrie Lobb with the purpose of raising scholarship funds for students enrolled in LRC programs.
The Polk County nonprofit hopes to top 2015’s fundraiser, which raised over $21,000 in scholarship funds and assisted more than 25 deserving students.
This year’s event will take place at the spectacular Krakowski Family Home in Lakeland’s Grasslands from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Jennifer Leigh of Channel 8 News will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.
Guests can purchase tickets to the benefit on LRCLoveofLearning.com for $65.00 (or $50.00 for LRC employees). Other ways to support the cause include becoming a sponsor, bestowing a scholarship, donating a silent auction item or contributing to the LRC Endowment Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.
Those interested in sponsorships and donations should contact LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven by email, PamelaC@LRCPolk.com, or phone, 863-688-9477 or send a submission at LRCLoveofLearning.com.
Thanks to our current sponsors: Publix Super Markets Charities, Harrell’s, Drs. Dorsey & Sandy Hightower, Hunt & Mary Berryman, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, and Citizens Bank & Trust.
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC). The history of Polk County’s premier provider of customized academic opportunities dates back to 1975 when the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. founded the Learning Disabilities Resource Center with the goal of providing consulting services for parents and personalized education programs to students with learning disabilities.
While LRC stills serves students with learning disabilities, programs for the learning disabled grew in the public school system, so the organization expanded its program offerings and service locations reflecting the 1977 name change that still exists today.
Throughout 40 years of service, LRC has received numerous accolades including the Walt Disney World Community Service Award for Education, Polk County Schools’ School-to-Work Silver Zone, Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland’s John P. “Jack” Grady Philanthropic Award, United Way of Central Florida Pacesetter, and Disney Grants award.
Today, the AdvancED accredited organization that began as a small volunteer group, employs more than 600 certified teachers who provide countywide services to over 4,000 students ages five through adult under the direction of Executive Director Pamela Craven, Ph.D.
The organization caters to students of all ages and academic levels through One-to-One Tutoring, test preparation courses, College Success Planning, Study Habits of Success Students, Camp READY!, and Super Summer Success as well as through collaborations with Polk County School Board, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Inc., Anchor House Ministries, Galindo Tennis International Academy, Polk State College, and Florida Southern College among others.
LRC has seen countless learning gains and achievement over the past forty years and looks forward to continue providing students throughout Polk County the best assistance, support, and strategies for each student’s own success.